At Airways, we are responsible for maintaining, monitoring, installing, creating and controlling key technology in the New Zealand aviation industry. That includes communication, navigation and network systems, radio surveillance, and air traffic management equipment.
This equipment provides essential support to air navigation services, and to the products and services we provide to our customers both locally and internationally. So it goes without saying that a career as an Airways technician can be hugely rewarding.
Airways technicians are based around the country, proactively maintaining our air navigation equipment. Our technology is found on mountaintops, farms and islands as well as at airports and in radar centres, so our technicians travel by 4WD, helicopters and sometimes boat to do their jobs.
Engineering (electronics) graduates join us as technical trainees. We offer a two year programme and an amazing career (with some pretty fabulous locations!).
The trainee programme offers full-time paid practical, theoretical and on-the-job training, interesting work, mentoring, and a long term career path. This opens doors to potential promotion and international travel with Airways.
We recruit annually for our trainees.
Our technical trainee programme
Our trainee programme aims to develop excellent technicians with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to grow their career. Our trainees go on to manage our safety critical systems, and represent Airways to our growing international customer base.
As a trainee, you’ll spend your first year in Christchurch focusing on three activities:
Building on your theoretical knowledge via specialised internal theory and equipment courses
Developing your skills through practical On-Job-Training
Taking part in rotations across different teams
In the second year of the programme, you'll be attached to a technical unit in Christchurch, Wellington, or Auckland, depending on the needs of the business.
On completion of the programme - usually at the end of year two - you will graduate as a technician and be deployed to one of our technical locations across New Zealand.
To be eligible to join the technical trainee programme you will:
Already hold or be in your final year of a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in electronics, ideally with strands in radio and data communications.
Enjoy theory based training courses and be able to apply this learning practically.
Possess good mechanical aptitude, with the ability to use basic hand tools, power tools and test equipment, and have the mechanical aptitude to learn to use more specialised tools and equipment.
Hold a current New Zealand motorcar drivers license.
Be willing to climb ladders to 10m and to travel in helicopters, light aircraft and boats if required.
Be open to starting with Airways at Christchurch with the possibility of being posted permanently to other national locations at a later stage.
Have an interest in aviation.
Be a New Zealand citizen or hold permanent New Zealand residency status.
We don't currently have any open vacancies, however you can register on our vacancies site to receive job alerts.
If you meet our testing requirements then we’ll bring you to Christchurch to take part in our assessment centre. Here, we will learn more about you and you’ll learn more about us. We run the assessment centre annually, normally towards the end of the year.
At the assessment centre you will meet a number of the staff with whom you will work should you choose to join Airways. You will also meet the other candidates. You’ll take part in interviews, job related exercises, and assessments. You’ll also be given a tour of the site.
Safety means no compromises. All new employees undergo a full criminal background check and drug testing. Some Airways positions also require a qualification check.